Re: [Authentic_SCA] Re: My SCA Persona
- In a message dated 9/1/03 10:22:26 AM, Christina_Lemke@... writes:
<< And especially how can you the other women in this
group read this and not react? >>
My understanding of the original post was that the person in question took a
twelve year old girl as his wife. Rape was not mentioned. I agree that since
he appears to have been an archbishop, this is _highly_ improbable, and twelve
is dang young for a girl to marry in most of our times and places. (Not all.)
However, while the persona story as posted doesn't strike me as real
historical, it also doesn't strike me as the monstrosity you're clearly seeing. All of
history, and the present day as well, is full of enough horrors happening to
women to keep me fully nauseated at all times, without being overly concerned
about fictional accounts from the thirteenth century.
I'm sorry this has disturbed you so deeply, (I've been there), although I
think some of your concern is misplaced (the modern day Viscontis are probably
pretty well used to the idea that some of their ancestors were right bastards.
You didn't rule a Renaissance city only by being a sweetheart.) Please don't
interpret my silence on it as indifference to the rights of children and women,
only to a sense that this particular situation was not one that needed my
Do not beg. Do not refuse. Preserve. Bestow.
--Colman mac Beognae, 'The Alphabet of Devotion
- Just for the record, it appears that there is going to be one less
new person learning from this group about authenticity. I've been in
private contact with this person, and the intensity of the flame that
just kept coming at her has driven this lady (who is so hungry for
knowledge) off the list. Too bad she couldn't have been treated like
the last person with a "kidnapped by pirates" persona story. When you
hit someone with a tank, you often don't get a second chance to make
it all better.
- Tangwystyl wrote:
>Thanks!! You're a lifesaver. (Wintergreen --- not one of those icky fruit flavors, either!)
> >BTW, I *did* get your wonderful, lengthy response to my Q. about
> >Welsh -- As it came during the War, I stuck it and all the more
> >lengthy messages needing responses into my "deal with this" file --
> >which I was never able to deal with owing to the recent disc
> >Whoopsie. If by chance your computer archives messages you send, I'd
> >love to see it again.
> Since I haven't purged my "copies of outgoing messages" file
> recently, I should still have it. (In theory, every month or so, I
> go through and sort off all the outgoing messages that I want to
> archive. Right now, it's been about three months ....) I'll forward
> it to you privately.
- Another note on that 12-year-old girl being married....marriages among
persons that young have been documented. However, the marriage may not have
been consummated for some time. Unless he's a pedophile (and we WON'T go
there), an older man taking a child bride would be quite aware of the need
to wait until she was mature enough for consummation.
- In a message dated 9/1/2003 3:10:20 PM Eastern Standard Time,
> And what is civil about claiming that an existing historical personIt was your response that wasn't civil. There are lots of other ways you
> raped a 12 year old girl? Is that OK? IMHO, raping children is not
> funny or interesting and I don't think it's an appropriate part of a
> persona's story. How can you guys read this and obviousy think it's
> nothing special? And especially how can you the other women in this
> group read this and not react?
could have told this girl that you didn't care for her persona story without
making her out to be an insensitive nitwit.
And frankly, things like rape did happen to 12 year old girls in history, and
there are an awful lot of real people in history who might have had a similar
persona story to a young girl married off to an older man, possibly against
her will...the story of January and May in the Canterbury Tales is a period
fictional example, and the wife of Le Menagier of Paris a real-life one. In any
case, she never said that Ottone Visconti raped her mother; she said that "He
then took my mother and made her his wife as she was only 12 year old."
And if you aren't aware that churchmen, up to and including some popes, had
mistresses and fathered children, (and I'd bet some of the deMedici popes
weren't above rape), and that clerical celibacy was not always a required or even
accepted thing even during the SCA period, then you need to read some more
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